Westfield W-League - 2012/2013 - Season 5

Melbourne took their chances
By Stephen Webb

2012/2013 W-League - Round 4
4:45pm - Sunday 11 November, 2012 - Leichhardt Oval, Sydney

Sydney FC 1
(Alanna Kennedy 41')
lost to
Melbourne Victory FC 2
(Stephanie Catley 8, Laura Spiranovic 81')




Sydney dropped to third on the ladder following their first loss to Melbourne at sunny Leichhardt Oval on Sunday.

Melbourne started better and, tellingly, finished better than Sydney, with the home side dominating either side of half time.

The visitors enjoyed possession in and around Sydney’s penalty area in the first five minutes.

My embarrassingly vocal, loud and frank neighbours put it succinctly: “Melbourne’s all over them! C’mon bitches!”

A shot from Enza Barilla went to the right of Sydney’s goal.

Caitlin Foord gave away a free kick to the right of Sydney’s penalty area and Amy Jackson glanced the Stephanie Catley delivery into the net. An early lead for Melbourne.

Chloe Logarzo let loose some aggression and Teresa Polias contributed some calm passing.

Brianna Davey pulled out a good diving save on a 20-metre shot from Alanna Kennedy (who the young women sitting next to me thought was performing poorly, let’s say).

Skipper Kyah Simon, however, was in shining form. She put a neat ball down the right for Larissa Crummer, whose cross was dismal.

Simon again excelled beating her marker, cutting into the box and pulling back for Samantha Kerr to shoot wide to the right of goal.

A good Victory cross from the left was met with a shot, blocked by a team mate near the line.

Sydney, getting more of their share of the game, won a corner. A sliding tackle by Elizabeth Ralston stopped Victory on the counter.

A Renee Rollason free kick 23 metres out was held by Davey diving to her left.

In the 23rd minute a Kerr header on a cross from the left went wide to the right of goal.

Foord won another free kick, which Rollason, further out, pushed wide.

Sian McLaren leapt to catch a header lobbed up after a corner from the right.

Kerr took off on a strong run but showed Victory too much of the ball and hurt herself.

Hard worker Emma Kete was fed well down the right. She cut back and the ball was left for Simon who missed a sitter.

Simon, soon on a break for goal, was stopped by Maika Ruyter-Hooley.

Victory couldn’t clear properly and Simon got another chance on a sharp angle to the right of goal and won a corner off Davey.

McLaren made a great save on a shot from Jessica McDonald and Simon shot so wide it went out for a throw in.

Logarzo did well to keep the ball in on the right and win a corner off Ruyter-Hooley.

The Polias corner was met by Kennedy, rising high over the defence, with a fine header equalising for Sydney. Davey had no chance.

McLaren had to make another great save off McDonald to make sure the score remained that way at half time. Special credit to whoever flicked the ball through for McDonald.

Into the second half and McDonald broke free from Ralston but Foord put her off her shot.

Kerr did well down the left and got Simon very involved around the Melbourne goalmouth.

A good Sydney build up down the right with Polias very involved led to Logarzo shooting across goal.

Simon also lashed a shot across the face of goal and McLaren made another good save, coming out to meet Enza Barilla.

Kerr, supplied down the left, crossed in for Kete who was stopped by Ruyter-Hooley. And another break by Kerr was ended by Ruyter-Hooley.

Welsh international Jessica Fishlock shot and won a corner.

McLaren made a point blank reflex save on a shot from Amy Jackson after the ball popped up around the Sydney box.

Laura Spiranovic’s goal gave Melbourne the three points but she was set up by a break on the left clearly offside (if the assistant referee had been keeping up with play). But who’s complaining?

Sydney had their chances.



2012/2013 W-League - Round 4
4:45pm - Sunday 11 Novmber, 2012 - Leichhardt Oval, Sydney

Sydney FC 1
(Alanna Kennedy 41')
lost to
Melbourne Victory FC 2
(Stephanie Catley 8, Laura Spiranovic 81')


    Crowd:

    MATCH STATS:

    Sydney FC :
    Player listing: 1. Sian McLaren (gk), 2. Teresa Polias, 3. Elizabeth Ralston, 4. Sam Kerr, 9. Caitlin Foord, 10. Renee Rollason, 12. Chloe Logarzo (11. Annalie Longo 70’), 13. Larissa Crummer (15. Hannah Bromley 81’), 14. Alanna Kennedy (7. Nicola Bolger 65’), 17. Kyah Simon (c), 19. Emma Kete

    Substitutes not used: 20. Sham Khamis (gk)

    Coach: Alen Stajcic

    Yellow Cards: Renee Rollason 55’
    Red Cards: Nil

    Melbourne Victory FC :
    Player listing: 1. Brianna Davey (gk), 2. Danielle Johnson, 3. Maika Ruyter-Hooley, 4. Rebekah Stott, 6. Petra Larsson, 7. Stephanie Catley (18. Cindy Lay 90’), 9. Tiffany Eliadis (22. Jessica Fishlock 46’), 10. Jessica McDonald, 14. Enza Barilla, 15. Amy Jackson, 17. Gulcan Koca (5. Laura Spiranovic 78’)

    Substitutes not used: 20. Cassandra Dimovski (gk)

    Coach: Mike Mulvey

    Yellow Cards: Amy Jackson 88’
    Red Cards: Nil

    Referee: Kirralee Gardner: 7/10
    Assistants: tba; 4th official: tba

    BOTN players to watch:
    Sydney: Sian McLaren (Sydney); Victory: Maika Ruyter-Hooley, Jessica McDonald

    Pitch rating: 8/10

    Game rating: 7/10

    Match report and photos: Stephen Webb


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